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spanish pastries

One of my favorite things to do in any country I visit, perhaps because we simply don’t have these traditional kinds of shops in America, is visit the little old neighborhood bakeries to see if there are any local specialties, and of course the local versions of national favorites.

In Spain they have two kinds of bakeries, though they are sometimes combined: panaderías and pastelerías, one for baguette-style loaves, rolls and other kinds of daily breads, and the other specializing in sweets: elaborate cakes and tortes, cookies, meringues whipped up like little cupcakes, marzipan in every shape imaginable.

One of my personal favorites are small, soft donuts that can be seen in the center of the picture below. They can be found in some pastelerías all year round, but there is a special version sold everywhere in the weeks of Lent running up to Easter, usually made with a little bit of anice, known as rosquillas or buñuelos de cuaresma. I used to pick them up in Barcelona in small shops like this or at La Boqueria market on Las Ramblas.

Do you have any favorite pastries from Spain? Anything I must try next time I’m there?

 

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This entry was published on December 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm. It’s filed under Food, Spain and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “spanish pastries

  1. Don’t know about pastries from Spain because I’ve never been, but these look great !

  2. Next time you should try “carbayones” (delicious almond-based pastries from Asturias in the north of Spain). I promise you will never taste anything better. Queen Sofia adore them. You can also find them in some pastelerías in Madrid and other Spanish places.

  3. Is that the place near Jaume I? It looks really familiar!

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